9. Dress the part
Next time you wake up unhappy, slip into your favorite hot-pink blouse, or whatever makes you feel good. Researchers at the University of Hertfordshire in the U.K. investigated why women choose to wear certain clothes in the morning, and found that the choice depends heavily on their emotional state. Two clothing items that signal someone may be unhappy: jeans and baggy tops. More than 50 percent of women in the study said they wear jeans when they feel depressed, and 57 percent chose to wear a baggy top—only two percent said they would wear one when feeling happy.
Women also revealed they would be 10 times more likely to don a favorite dress when feeling happy than when depressed. “Many of the women in this study felt they could alter their mood by changing what they wore,” says Karen Pine, the study author and a psychology professor at the university. “This demonstrates the psychological power of clothing and how the right choices could influence a person’s happiness.”